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February 14, 2019

Study reveals increased restrictions on coverage of buprenorphine for Medicare Part D plans

Study reveals increased restrictions on coverage of buprenorphine for Medicare Part D plans By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD A recent study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, summarized findings on the coverage of buprenorphine under Medicare Part D. Buprenorphine and buprenorphine combined with naloxone is one […]
January 28, 2019

FDA supports development of over-the-counter naloxone

FDA supports development of over-the-counter naloxone By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD A recent statement from FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb summarized the FDA’s new efforts in encouraging drug manufacturers to develop an over-the-counter version of naloxone, the opioid overdose treatment. The FDA stated that the number of overdose deaths involving […]
January 14, 2019
Drug Overdoses linked to Synthetic Opioids

Drug Overdoses linked to Synthetic Opioids

Drug Overdoses linked to Synthetic Opioids By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD According to CDC analysis of the latest drug overdose death data, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. This was calculated as a 21.4% increase from 2015 data and the largest increase was from […]
December 12, 2018
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Addiction Treatment & Telemedicine: An Update

Addiction Treatment & Telemedicine: An Update By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a report summarizing current evidence and practices in telemedicine-based services. This report discusses the substance abuse treatment barriers that persist throughout the country and how telemedicine also known as […]
October 25, 2018
Chronic Pain and Non-Opioid Medications

Chronic Pain and Non-Opioid Medications

Chronic Pain and Non-Opioid Medications By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain. Chronic pain has many types of treatments but all too often patients are prescribed opioid medications that are highly addictive. While opioid medications may be effective for acute and various […]
October 19, 2018
Addiction Treatment and Telemedicine

Addiction Treatment and Telemedicine

Addiction Treatment and Telemedicine By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently published a document explaining how healthcare providers can use telemedicine as a tool in buprenorphine-based MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) for opioid use disorder. This document helps clarify how telemedicine may be used […]
September 28, 2018
Naloxone - An Emergency Lifesaver

Naloxone: An Emergency Lifesaver

Naloxone: An Emergency Lifesaver By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD Naloxone (brand name Narcan®) is the primary reversal agent for opioid overdoses. It is known as an “opioid antagonist”. This means that it blocks the opioid receptor sites in the body and reverses the toxic effects of opioid overdose. Opioid overdose […]
September 21, 2018
Addiction Medication Misconceptions

Addiction Medication Misconceptions

Addiction Medication Misconceptions By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD In recent times, addiction medications also known as MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) medications have come under fire as being substitutes for one addiction to another. Medical professionals such as pharmacists or doctors often think patients on MAT are abusing MAT drugs such as […]
September 18, 2018
Do medications really work for opioid addiction?

Do medications really work for opioid addiction?

Do medications really work for opioid addiction? By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD There are many treatments for opioid addiction. Some treatments may involve counseling and attendance at 12-Step meetings such as Narcotics Anonymous and others may involve a combination of counseling or behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications such as buprenorphine, […]
September 11, 2018
Opioid Addiction: A Medical Condition

Opioid Addiction: A Medical Condition

Opioid Addiction: A Medical Condition By Dr. Jessica Badichek, PharmD Addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin or prescription pain relievers can be one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. According to the US National Library of Medicine, misuse of prescription opioids and heroin affects 2 million Americans and […]